Former Cox executive pleads guilty to embezzlement

A former Cox Communications vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling millions of dollars from her employer. 

Byung J. Pak, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia  said Janet West used her assistant’s corporate credit card to pay for phantom marketing services. In fact, West funneled much of the stolen $2.4 million to herself, Pak said. 

“We take violations of company ethics policies and criminal matters very serious and have fully cooperated with law enforcement,” said Cox Communications spokesman Todd Smith . “Beyond that, we don't comment on legal details of current or former employees.”

West worked out of the company’s Phoenix office. She is scheduled for sentencing in March.  Cox Communications is the cable and broadband internet subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, which also owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


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